Mar 01, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, BA

The history curriculum offers courses that provide all University students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the development of the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. These courses also assist students in refining their reading, listening, critical thinking, writing, communication, and research skills. The history curriculum offers integrated perspectives on political, social, economic, cultural, and military factors, which have shaped the city, the state, the nation, the region, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

The history major is designed for students seeking a greater understanding of the past, teaching certification for grades 4-8 and secondary education, or preparation for graduate-level studies in the humanities and law. Drawing upon the holdings of the Special Collections and Archives Department as well as other library resources, the program also offers graduate courses for students enrolled in the Master of Arts in History program.

The history major requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of history coursework, at least 27 of which must be at the upper-division level. Six additional hours of lower division United States history are required as part of the Core Curriculum Program curriculum. The College of Liberal Arts also requires students in history to take at least 6 hours of a second language.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • think critically, read analytically, and write clearly;
  • conduct independent research, handle primary sources, and construct an original historical thesis;
  • and understand the social, economic, and political dimensions of historical development.

Degree Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. University Core Curriculum Programs  
  2. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*
  3. Major Requirements
  4. Electives
  5. Foreign Language Requirements
  Total 120

*First Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars or Electives

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

University (History) Core Requirements:

6 hours of History electives; students may select any upper division History courses that are not required for the major.


Students must take at least 3 hours of History ethnicity or gender classes, which include:

Total: 33 hrs.


*May not be used to satisfy requirements in more than on cluster.

**When topic is approved for cluster–see S.A.I.L. or advisor for further information.

Students planning to pursue graduate study should elect additional courses which help achieve proficiency in foreign languages and/or statistics.